The Fifth Circuit has ruled in favor of the NFL in its on-going legal battle with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. A district court judge vacated a six-game suspension against Elliott, but it has been reinstated. The appeals court ruled the district court lacked jurisdiction. The NFLPA is expected to file again for an injunction, this time in New York. They will seek a temporary restraining order on the suspension.
The San Francisco 49ers are traveling to Washington this weekend, and then are scheduled to host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7. The Cowboys are on a bye this week, which gives Elliott and his team time to figure out what’s next.
I would imagine any NFLPA filing in New York would be heard in an expedited manner. The question then is how that new judge would decide on the case. The NFL has a lot of question marks around its discipline policy, but we have seen extensive support for it in the court system. It is an area where the NFLPA is going to have to push back hard in the next round of collective bargaining if they want to take away from of that power.